The NYPD said a suspect pointed this replica gun at an undercover detective. (NYPD photo)
An undercover gun buying sting involving NYPD cops and suspects went wrong Friday night. Police say a team from the organized firearms bureau had been running an ongoing operation involving undercover buying of illegal guns. An undercover detective met his main subject in the Bronx, then they drove to Mount Vernon, near the intersection of Pease Street and Beekman Avenue, in Westchester County.
A suspect then held a gun to an undercover officer's head. The officer signaled to backup, opened fire, striking one suspect and an innocent bystander. That suspect was struck and fled, but was soon caught and arrested.
The innocent bystander who was shot is a 63-year-old man. Because he was standing behind one of the suspects, he was hit at least twice. He is at Jacobi Hospital in serious condition.
Police later recovered the gun the suspect pointed and held at the head of the undercover officer and determined it was a replica they say looked strikingly similar to a .45-caliber semiautomatic handgun.
The multiple rounds that were fired alarmed many on this residential street.
The suspect who was shot is in stable condition. One suspect is still at large.